Wave Rules

SUP Wave Rules

By Blane Chambers

I think these thoughts should be taken on board with us every day so we can share the water with other surfers and not make our sport look like it’s for a bunch of kooks. Some surfers are already not happy with the sup thing, so it’s up to us to show it in the best light possible. To that end, here is a simple test to see what kind of standup paddler you are. Are you “A” or “B”?

Paddling Out

A. You paddle out floundering into a lineup with surfers. You can barely stay standing but proceed right into or outside of the lineup. You paddle for
waves while people scramble out of your way only to fall off before you can even get on the wave. Your big board becomes an extremely dangerous
projectile. Kook alert! KOOK! KOOK! KOOK! KOOK!

B. You can barely stay standing so you practice in an area where no one is around that you could endanger or bum out. You care about the worldwide
effects of sup surfing so you paddle and surf with Aloha: Very Kool!

Movin’ On Up

A. You start to get the hang of it and want to surf better waves so you decide to surf a more popular spot. You paddle out and stand outside everyone.
The sets come and you paddle in like a locomotive right thru the pack. You get waves in every set: You’re a KOOK!

B. You start to get the hang of it and want to surf better waves so you decide to surf a more popular spot. You paddle out and check out the situation.
You see waves off to the side that a lot less people go for. You catch a few of those. Since you don’t want to wear out your welcome, you decide to
catch only a few set waves at most. You surf with Aloha: You’re Kool!


A. You paddle out on an inconsistent day to a crowded spot. You stand outside everyone the whole duration of the lulls. You never sit down so you tower
over others the whole time. You make sure you catch a wave from every set: KOOK!

B. You paddle out on an inconsistent day to a crowded spot. You feel like you’re on stage so you stand off to the side or sit down between sets because
you don’t like blocking everyone’s view of the beautiful ocean. You catch a couple waves then move to the inside or on to another spot or just paddle
around because you figured out how to surf with Aloha: KOOL!!

The Quiet Spotter

A. You’re pretty good and can get in and around the surf well… You surf crowded spots and catch all the waves you can. Small ones, set waves, etc.
Because you can surf good you get plenty waves. You’re always calling people off your waves. You just can’t help yourself to sit sets out so you
basically take over the spot for the duration of your surf: HUGE SELFISH KOOK! HUGE SELFISH KOOK!!!

B. You’re pretty good and can get in and around the surf well… You go to a crowded spot and check out what’s going on. You see some of the lesser
quality waves going unridden and surf those. You catch a ton of waves but ones that no one really wants. You paddle out and get a few set waves but
you make sure others get waves by quietly cluing them in to incoming sets. You become a quiet spotter of sorts for others to score good waves. You
always sit out a few sets. You use your high vantage point to stoke others out: KOOL!!

Paddlin’ Around

A. You see how cool sup surfing is because you can paddle fast and want to get back at those greedy longboarders. You decide to get into it to take
over and be the dominant surfer at any spot at any time. Do the entire surfing world a favor and don’t get into it. You are the biggest KOOK!!!

B. You see how cool sup surfing is because you can do something that is a challenge, get great exercise, paddle far up the coast at will, have a blast
riding waves you never thought would be fun, discover new spots, like to enjoy the comraderie of the sup surfers around the world: KOOL!!
Note: If there are more than one of you sup surfing, everything becomes doubled, tripled, quadrupled. Avoid heavy rotations with other sup surfers
when surfing with others. Be aware of your actions and the actions of others. Be KOOL!

An etiquette refresher shaper Blane Chambers composed three years ago in anticipation of things to come


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